Football Drops Wild Shootout With Curry, 44-41, In Season Opener

Defensive standouts Malik Brown (12 tackles, one interception) and Gene Baisden, Jr. (five tackles, one interception) celebrate Baisden's interception in the Bulldogs' 44-41 loss at Curry (Lee Testor photo).
Defensive standouts Malik Brown (12 tackles, one interception) and Gene Baisden, Jr. (five tackles, one interception) celebrate Baisden's interception in the Bulldogs' 44-41 loss at Curry (Lee Testor photo).

THE BASICS
Score:
Curry College 44, Dean College 41
Records:
Curry College (1-0), Dean College (0-1)
Location:
William Katz Field, Milton, Mass.
Date:
Friday, August 31, 2018
Time:
7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
D'Aundray Burcy ran for 152 yards on just 17 carries to lead a ground game that racked up 285 yards and host Curry College escaped a valiant upset bid from a much-improved Dean College squad, 44-41, on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:
After Dean jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.) returned a blocked punt 16 yards for a touchdown less than three minutes into the game, Curry scored the next 17 points to go in front, 17-7 late in the first half.

Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.) swung momentum back in the Bulldogs' favor when he returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and after a missed extra point, the game was 17-13 at halftime.

Dean retook the lead midway through the third quarter when freshman quarterback Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) connected with Burris on a 76-yard scoring strike that made the game 19-17.

Back-to-back short touchdown runs by Colonel quarterback Nick Juvelier put Curry ahead 30-19 heading into the fourth quarter and when Davante Thomas picked off Watts and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown, the score was suddenly, 37-19.

Watts and the Bulldogs quickly went 84 yards in seven plays capped by another scoring strike to Burris from 21 yards out.

That score was offset when Zach Levy punched in another Curry score from eight yards out, making the game 44-27 with less than eight minutes to play.

Dean didn't go away, however, and after an 82-yard kickoff return by Nicholas Cade (Carrollton, Ga.), the Bulldogs were back on the scoreboard two plays later when Watts found a leaping Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) from 16 yards out. And after Watts hit Tyzohn Poole (New Haven, Conn.) with the two-point conversion, the gap closed to 44-35 with just under seven minutes to play.

Curry was able to drain a little more than three minutes off the clock but the Bulldog defense forced a punt that Breaux returned 15 yards, setting Dean up at their own 30 yard line.

Watts had completions of 13 (Breaux), 14 (Burris) and 17 yards to Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) before he teamed up with Ki'sean Bullard (Miami, Fla.) from 30 yards out to make the score 44-41.

The Bulldogs' onside kick attempt was recovered by Curry and they were eventually able to run the clock out. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Watts was spectacular, especially in the fourth quarter, finishing with 364 yards through the air and four touchdowns.

Burris ended with three touchdowns and 140 yards receiving, while Breaux had 80 yards and a score of his own.

The Dean defense was led by Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.), who finished with a game-high 12 tackles, a pass breakup and one of four interceptions.

Also finishing with strong defensive efforts were Nicholaus Grimaldi (Valrico, Fla.), who ended with 11 stops and Shannon Moxey (Marietta, Ga.), who had ten tackles and an interception.

UP NEXT:
Dean returns to action on Saturday when they welcome Western Connecticut State for the home opener at Lippert Field. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m.